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Political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou transferred to arrest house

2012 2012-08-09T17:02:17+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Vasil Parfiankou, sentenced to a prison term for the post-election protests, but released in August 2011, has been thrown behind bars again.

Vasil Parfiankou phoned his friend Volha at 7:50 a.m. today and said policemen came to escort him to a detention facility.

Vasil said he would possibly be transferred to the Pershamaiski district police department today. Police seized his mobile phone later, RFE/RL reports.

On 24 June, the Minsk city court dismissed Parfiankou's appeal against a court decision on 6-month custodial term for violation of the rules of preventive surveillance.

On 29 May, Vasil Parfiankou was tried in the Pershamaiski district court in connection with violation of article 421 of the Criminal Code. The trial was carried out by judge Siarhei Bandarenka. Parfiankou was put under a year's preventive surveillance on 5 January 2012. The reason was Parfiankou's public and political activity after the release from prison. He ans other prisoners involved in the 2010 post-election protests were pardoned by Lukashenka in August 2011.

Vasil Parfiankou took part in a rally against the rigged presidential elections on 19 December 2010. He was detained on 4 January 2011 on accusations of “mass disorders”. He was kept in a detention facility in Minsk until trial.

On 17 February Judge Volha Komar from the Frunzenski district court sentenced Parfiankou to 4 years in a maximum security penal colony. He was also to pay 14,700,000 rubles to compensate for the allegedly damaged building. Money to pay the fine was collected by people who wanted to show solidarity with political prisoners.

He served his term in penal colony No. 8 in Orsha until the release on 13 August 2011.

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